Pediatric Orthodontics: What You Need To Know
2/16/2019 12:36 PM
If your child’s dentist has recommended you see a pediatric orthodontist, it can often cause fear and stress in both you as the parent and your child. But it doesn’t have to be. Working with your dentist and orthodontist will ensure your child has the best possible future for their dental health. They are there to walk you through the process.
Your first appointment will take approximately 1-2 hours and will help determine if any treatment is needed and where to begin. The first step will be x rays and photos, an in-depth exam with the orthodontist, and if treatment is required, impressions of your child’s teeth will be taken. All of these steps help the doctor to better explain their findings and recommend the best course of treatment (such as retainers vs braces, if expanders will be needed, and more).
If you agree to the treatment plan designed by the orthodontist, we will go over the estimate of charges, what your insurance coverage is, what the treatment time frame will be as well as the frequency of appointments needed to perform the treatment. You will usually need to come in every 6 to 10 weeks for adjustments and progress evaluation. At this time will we also check to make sure your child is maintaining proper oral hygiene to avoid decay and discoloration after removal of the hardware.
Once you are ready to start the treatment for your child, an appointment will need to be set to apply the braces. This is also when the orthodontist will cover the importance of thorough oral hygiene, the best way to brush and floss and foods to avoid during treatment.
Contact our office today at 281-225-6784 to schedule a consultation to see if your child is ready for orthodontic treatment. We are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have so do not hesitate to call us. We want this to be as pleasant of an experience for both you and your child.